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Keeping track of the changes in airlines’ baggage policies & fees can be tough; to assist you, I’ve assembled this handy summary.  Just click on the airline links below for further details.  NOTE that all airlines charge additional fees for oversized and overweight baggage, and for sports equipment.  Check each airline’s website for details; links are provided below.
Air Canada
AirTran Airways
American Airlines
Continental Airlines
Delta
Frontier
JetBlue
Mexicana
Northwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Spirit Airlines
United
US Airways

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Air Canada:

  • Under the new policy, customers who purchase tickets on Air Canada which carry a cancellation penalty, may check two bags for free. NOTE that fees will be charged for bags which exceed weight guidelines.
  • This policy applies for travel within Canada and between Canada and continental U.S. including Hawaii.
  • Click here for complete details regarding the new baggage policy posted on carrier’s Web site.

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AirTran Airways:

  • Customers’ may check their first bag for $15 and a second bag for a $25 USD fee. Active military personnel are exempt from these fees.  The fees are assessed each way and may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • Click here for complete details regarding the new baggage policy posted on carrier’s Web site.Note: Military personnel may check one duffel/sea bag in place of a 61-inch bag.

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American Airlines:

  • This policy applies for travel within the U.S. the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada.
  • Customers may check one bag for a $15 USD fee ($30 USD round-trip) and a second bag for a $25 fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • American Advantage Platinum & Gold members are exempt, as are First class and Business Class passengers; also, passengers paying full fare for economy class are excluded
  • Click here for complete details regarding the new baggage policy, including exceptions, posted on the carrier’s Web site.

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Continental Airlines:

  • This policy applies to travel within the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.
  • $15 for the first bag, $25 for the second bag
  • Exempt:  Elite Access, One Pass Elite, Sky Team Elite, First Class, Business Class, Full Fare economy (Y) class tickets, military personnel on active duty
  • Click here for complete details.

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Delta:

  • $15 first bag; $25 second bag
  • Typical exclusions apply
  • Click here for full details

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Frontier: Frontier implemented baggage policy changes which were effective in October of 2008:

  • $15 for first bag; $25 for second bag
  • EarlyReturns® Summit and Ascent members, Active duty military personnel are excluded
  • Click here for complete details regarding the new baggage policy posted on the carrier’s Web site.

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JetBlue:

  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $20 USD fee ($40 USD round-trip). Subsequent bags will be assessed at $75 USD per bag. The fees may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of each baggage.
  • Click here for full details

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Mexicana:

  • Executive Class customers are allowed to check 3 pieces of luggage; beyond 3, charges are levied based on weight of the additional baggage
  • Coach Class customers are allowed to check their first bag for free; 2nd bag: $15; bags 3-5: $100 each
  • Check the site for full details:
  • Click here for complete details regarding the new baggage policy posted on carrier’s Web site.

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Northwest Airlines:

Northwest Airlines updated its baggage policy in July as indicated below:

  • Customers may check one bag for a $15 USD fee ($30 USD round-trip) and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage. 3rd bag: $125; 4th thru 10th bag: $200
  • WorldPerks Elite, SkyMiles Medallion & SkyTeam Elite members can check two bags for free; the charges for bags 3 – 10 are the same as noted above
  • Click here for complete details regarding the new baggage policy posted on Northwest Airlines’ Web site.

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Southwest Airlines:

  • Unique in the industry, Southwest allows passengers two free checked bags; a 3rd bag is $25; your 4th through 9th bags are $50 each
  • Click here for details

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Spirit Airlines:

Spirit Airlines charges a $15 USD fee ($30 USD round trip) at the airport for the first checked bag.  The carrier also charges the following fees for additional bags:

  • Second bag – $25 USD fee ($50 USD round trip).
  • Third, fourth, and fifth bags – $100 per bag ($200 per bag round trip)
  • The fees may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • Click here for full details of Spirit’s baggage fees

Note: Spirit Airlines can only guarantee the transportation of one (1) item as checked luggage per fare-paying customer at the airport. Additional bags are accepted only when reserved in advance online at www.spiritair.com.

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United:

  • $15 fee ($30 round trip) for the first bag
  • This policy is in addition to the previously announced policy where they are assessing a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip) for a second bag.
  • The fees may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • This policy applies to travel within the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.
  • Click here for complete details regarding the new baggage policy posted on United’s Web site including fee exceptions.

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US Airways:

US Airways announced a new baggage policy effective Jul 09, 2008.

  • 1st bag: $15; 2nd bag: $25; 3rd thru 9th bags: $100 each, each way
  • Click here for complete details regarding the baggage policy posted on US Airways’ Web site.

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  1. Frank says:

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